Climate Justice

"Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level.”

-United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Change 2007 Synthesis Report

Human activity, such as burning fossil fuels for home heating, transportation and various industrial activities including mining, manufacturing and large-scale farming, is the primary cause of global climate change. Historically, this activity and the resulting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been the responsibility of the global North, or the wealthy, industrialized nations.

Yet the burden of climate change –extreme weather events, drought, flooding, crop failures, destroyed fisheries and loss of habitat and homeland– is being disproportionately borne by poor and marginalized communities of the global South, peoples who are the least responsible for the changes we are seeing in the world today.

Climate change is thus more than a question of environmental sustainability; it is a question of justice. KAIROS believes that climate justice involves making real reductions in carbon emissions as well as addressing the social and economic inequities between the rich and the poor—both of these are inextricably linked.

Resources from KAIROS

The Great Turning: A Path toward Life by Mark Hathaway

Social Summit for Peoples' Integration  in Bolivia in 2006

Inspired by a passage from Romans, Mark Hathaway tell us that rather than working for change based on what we should not do, or even out of guilt or fear, work for the Great Turning that will be sustainable and fruitful if it is impelled by a deep sense of love and connection with the entire Earth community.

We Do Have Choices

Fort McMurray 031

On the flight to Fort Chip, Jennifer Henry reflects on our energy choices. What will sustain life?

It’s Time To Decarbonise


Indigenous activist Winona LaDuke energized the As Long As the Rivers Flow conference with a compelling challenge to learn from Indigenous knowledge and wisdom.

We Are All Connected


Archbishop Desmond Tutu believes transformation is possible if we all work together.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: A Voice To be Heard

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Executive Director Jennifer Henry and Program Manager Ed Bianchi head out to Fort McMurray to attend the “So Long as the River Flows” Conference and hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s thoughts on the oil sands, Indigenous Rights, and ecological justice.

KAIROS to meet Archbishop Tutu at conference spotlighting Indigenous rights and oilsands

Desmond Tutu

Toronto –KAIROS Canada will travel to Fort McMurray to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the As Long As the Rivers Flow: Coming Back to the Treaty Relationship in Our Time conference, May 31-June 1. Archbishop Tutu says climate change is a moral struggle and that we must all consider how Alberta’s oilsands impact the climate, […]

KAIROS Delegates at the UNPFII – intro video blogs!


Delegate Alma Brooks arrived early with us and Ana Guadalupe from Guatemala and Mila from the Philippines have been here for the first week so we were able be begin our orientation. We have also had the opportunity to film our first vlogs:

The Moral and Financial Case for Divesting from Fossil Fuels


The movement is growing for withdrawing investments from oil, natural gas and coal companies that contribute to climate change, and among the churches in Canada Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church in Toronto has shown leadership.
The latest KAIROS Briefing Paper - Movement for Divesting from Fossil Fuels Gaining Strength explores both the moral case for divestment, as articulated by South African Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, and evidence that investors are growing wary of investments in fossil fuels, particularly in the tar sands.

Ethical Reflections on Fracking

Fracking Protest

The practice of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) for shale gas and oil raises significant ecological and Indigenous rights issues. On 8 April 2014, KAIROS released a discussion paper inviting our member churches to consider whether KAIROS should endorse a moratorium on fracking. The paper documents several ecological issues, including the connection between fracking and water contamination, earthquakes and the release of methane, a very potent greenhouse gas. It also describes how Indigenous peoples in North and South America are at the forefront of resistance to fracking.

Joint Review Panel report on proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline Project downplays Indigenous and ecological concerns


Despite overwhelming opposition from First Nations and their allies, the Joint Review Panel has given the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project conditional approval.